HNRS 309

Sacraments and Civil Unions: The History of Marriage

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Recommended: One course in ANTH, GNDR, HIST, or SOCI. Many people define marriage as a sacramental union between one man and one woman. However, this definition has changed significantly over time. This course charts the varieties of marriage in western history from sibling-marriages of Egyptian pharaohs, to  civil unions under Roman law, to Christian sacramental marriage in the Middle Ages. It finally considers the current legal and ethical debates over same-sex marriages. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. May be counted toward the major or minor in history and as an auxiliary course toward the minor in gender studies. V.1, V.7

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